Book Review: A Bone To Pick by Mark Bittman


Mark Bittman is the New York Times only opinion columnist covering the food beat. A Bone To Pick is a compilation of his best columns in one book. While I have read a few of his pieces, I had not read many so I enjoyed this compilation of opinion pieces. I resonate with his thinking in many ways but these pieces challenge me to think more about our current food and agriculture situation in the United States. And I think Bittman would think that is a good thing.

A Bone to Pick is divided into sections: big Ag, sustainability and What's in between; what's wrong with meat?; what's Food and what is not?; the truth about Diet(s); the Broken Food Chain and Legislating and labeling. Each section consists of several of his columns complete with the date they were published. 

This book is a great read for anyone interested in the while food world in the United States today. I found it to be thought provoking even though I am fairly 'up' on much of what he is talking about. I also appreciate that he ends the book with two essays that encourage the average person to keep doing the little things tat they know they can do to make changes in their lives with regards to healthy dietary change. I agree with Bittman, it feels overwhelming at times to make changes and fight the big companies, but if we all do small things, those small changes can make big ripples. Personally, I think if you eat, you should read this book. You likely won't agree with everything Bittman writes, but it will help you think and be challenged to make better choices in today's American food system.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About the Author

When Mark Bittman writes and talks about food, America listens. In his weekly New York Times food column, his monthly New York Times travel features, his bestselling cookbooks, and his award-winning public television series, Bittman grabs our attention–and keeps it.

Bittman’s bible of cooking, How to Cook Everything, has sold over a million copies. Dubbed “the new, hip Joy of Cooking” by the Washington Post and winner of both the Julia Child and the James Beard Awards (plus several others), it’s a must-have book for every American Kitchen, the favorite of millions of American cooks. In 2005 Broadway Books published his eagerly awaited follow-up: The Best Recipes in the World.

His weekly cooking column, The Minimalist, is followed by more than two million readers, including home cooks and professionals, and has profoundly influenced American cooking since its inception. (Three award-winning cookbooks have resulted from his column: The Minimalist Cooks at Home; The Minimalist Cooks Dinner; and The Minimalist Entertains. These three will be published in an omnibus paperback edition in the spring of 2007, entitled Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times.)

 
 

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